The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores have announced that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award, which will be powered by Ram for the fifth year in a row, as well as the ACM New Artist of the Year award, which will be presented by Kohl’s. Country music fans have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now online. The awards will be given out during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 6th at 8 pm live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the fourth time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.
“Ram truck and country music fans share the same work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are honored to be a key partner of the Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth consecutive year and to present a multifaceted, multimedia experience that includes sponsoring Entertainer of the Year voting. Ram congratulates all the nominated artists and we look forward to seeing who the fans select.”
“Winning the New Artist of the Year award is a pivotal moment in any new artist’s career,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “Kohl’s is proud to sponsor that moment and once again partner with the Academy of Country Music Awards to present this award. We congratulate all of the nominees and are excited to see who the fans choose.”
Entertainer of the Year fan voting – powered by the Ram Truck brand – will once again provide fans the opportunity to vote for the Academy’s most prestigious award, Entertainer of the Year, for which Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift are nominated. Fans will also help choose the ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, for which Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees. Fan voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year is now open. New Artist of the Year voting will close at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Sunday, April 6th (before the live show starts), and Entertainer of the Year voting will close during the third hour of the live broadcast. Online fan voting for both categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia. Text voting for Entertainer of the Year during the live broadcast is open to fans in the United States only.
Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees on Great American Country’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering Monday, March 24th at 8 pm ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 6th. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.
Meanwhile, ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s Department Stores nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore will perform via live remote from the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Sunday, April 6th (8-11 pm live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The ACM Fan Jam, the fans-only, live concert event, will take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during and after the broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
These artists join previously announced ACM Fan Jam performers Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Headlined by Florida Georgia Line, the 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam gives country music fans the ultimate pass to be a part of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Throughout the three-hour telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote, by top-tier music acts. The ACM Fan Jam continues after the Awards telecast ends with a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.
After making it through the first round of fan voting, nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore will now compete for the coveted title of ACM New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s. The winner will be announced and the award presented on the ACM Fan Jam stage during the LIVE Awards telecast. Fans can vote for their favorite New Artist on Monday, March 24th at 3 PM ET/12 noon PT at VoteACM.com until Sunday, April 6th at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT (before the LIVE show starts). Online fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories is open to fans in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Tickets for the ACM Fan Jam start at $45 and are on sale NOW by visiting ticketmaster.com.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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